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. >>> in washington negotiations to avoid the fiscal cliff are still struggling for survival. congress has five days to strike a deal before the end of the year deadline. president obama is on his way to washington this morning while senators are coming back to capitol hill. chip reid is at the capitol. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. the president arrived back in washington in a little bit more than an hour. the senate comes back tonight and the house it could be a couple of days. there is not the sense of urgency you would think there would be with a critical deadline looming. some members of congress admit they may well just go over the fiscal cliff and deal with it in january after the new congress is sworn in. leaving his family behind to continue their vacation without him, president obama boarded air force one early this morning and headed for washington to deal with unfinished fiscal cliff business. with just five days until the combination of automatic tax increases and spending cuts that could send the economy back into recession, mr. obama wants congress to ta
is expected back in washington later this week, just before the fiscal cliff deadline. >>> congress also home for the holidays and that means there's not a lot going on with the fiscal cliff negotiations. if no deal is reached in one week, the tax cuts enacted under president bush will expire and 1.2 trillion in spending cuts will automatically go into effect. if we do go over the fiscal cliff, how will it affect you from your paycheck to your retirement accounts? we're going to give you all the tips you need to protect yourself. here to do that this morning is ry ryan mac, president of opt middle school management. >> kudos for being able to pronounce that honolulu merry christmas saying. >> i don't think i can do it again. ahah! let's start with your paycheck as it applies to the fiscal cliff. if we go off the fiscal live how will mooirn and everybody's paycheck be affected? the majority of the paycheck won't be afeektded until 2014 when people file for 2013 stackses. there are certain things that are impacted right away like the payroll tax cut. for individuals earning about $50,000 a year
part of the fiscal cliff, but because congress didn't pass a farm bill this year, you have these bizarre 1949 price supports that would go back into effect unless congress can fix that. if they don't, the price you pay at the grocery store is going to skyrocket. maybe several dollars a gallon. so because of that, congress wants to make a milk fix part of any part of fiscal cliff fix if they can do one or the other before the year ends. back to you guys. >> juliet: listening to them, what senator reid says about boehner and boehner's response. they sound like they're real housewives of dc or something. >> eric: they're nowhere near a deal. i think i have this figured out. president obama came back from hits vacation saying let's see if we can get something together, knowing very well that they can't. the house and senate are so far apart, neither one will even entertain the idea -- >> juliet: so why have a meeting? >> eric: you look like you're trying o do the right thing. these bush tax cuts will expire december 31, 72 hours from now, whatever the number is. if president ob
as a deadlocked congress reconvenes days ahead of the so-called fiscal cliff. you're just six days from feeling this. now, first hit is coming on january 1st when your take home pay will drop by 2% because of a scheduled hike in the social security payroll tax. that's just the start. income taxes are set to climb too. and you'll notice that when employer gets to around the adjusted withholding, the government spending cuts, those are also scheduled for january 1st and bound to slow the economy and some argue they'll weaken the military. congress has seen this coming, but an effort to limit the damage failed last week. republican house speaker john boehner could not persuade enough members of his party to let tax rates rise on incomes over a million dollars while sparing everyone else. dana bash is our senior congressional correspondent. dana, this time tomorrow, the president is supposed to be back, having cut his trip to hawaii short, the first lady, the girls are staying in hawaii. the senate is supposed to convene, but not necessarily the house. what is going to happen? >> reporter: well, we
to head back to washington and jump-start the fiscal cliff negotiations with congress. talks fell apart before christmas. the deadline now is just days away and there is no deal in sight to avoid the tax hikes and spending cuts set to go into effect january 1st. our juan williams is a fox news political analyst and he joins us today and very quickly, juan, merry christmas to you. >> merry christmas, kelly. kelly: this is daunting task facing congress to avert the so-called fiscal cliff that will set into motion more than $600 billion in drastic and draconian allic tax hikes and spending cuts. that will cause a lot of pain for all americans and does congress have enough time to act on this? >> they do. you know it will be very close and it may in fact go beyond the deadline per se although people are thinking at the moment it is possible to get something done by the end of this week. the key here, kelly, is the senate. we have been so focused on the house, speaker boehner, plan. about, plan b falling apart. now speaker boehner is pointing towards the senate and the white house is pointin
soon spike to $8 a gallon. wow. congress has been so bogged down with the fiscal cliff, the farm bill is still on the table. if congress does not pass it, dairy subsidies would immediately end on january 1, and those subsidies have been keeping milk prices low for 63 years. >>> the price of curbside parking in chicago is going up january 1. parking meters will charge $6.50 an hour in the downtown area. chicago will have the highest parking meter rates in the country, taking the dubious distinction away from san francisco. congratulations. chicago outsourced its parking meters to a private company and many drivers question that question now. >>> now to some surveillance video from houston. trust me, when you see this, you're going to want these bad guys put away for a long time. the gang of thieves ripped off a daycare center. three or four young men were captured on surveillance camera. there's one right there. going in, they shattered the glass door, then stole six tvs and several game consoles. that ain't all. and one thief took the time to hop on a tiny tricycle and ride it around
. >>> the president and congress will try one more time to reach a deal before falling off the fiscal cliff. the president will cut his vacation short. >> happening now bargin hunters out looking for a day after christmas sale. we are live at the valley fair mall to tell us about those deals. >> reporter: hi. if you have something to return or you need to use a gift card it's a good time to come. there are plenty of spots where you can park and i just walked inside in to the mall and it's not crowded at all. at the valley fair mall the stores all opened at 7:00 a.m. people wanted to take advantage of the after christmas sale. traffic this morning was light. kohl's opened up even earlyer at 5:00 a.m. they were trying to lure people with early bird deals. it's one of many retailers offering deep discounts. ? one woman wasn't impressed when she shopped. >>> did you find anything? was --. >> actually one of the things i needed to exchange is now full price and i'm not, last year's deal was better. >> reporter: polls showed that sales of two months before were the weakest since 2008. they grew
to resolve the looming fiscal cliff crisis. president obama is ending his out vacation in hawaii today to make a late bid to reach a deal before the year and. the white house that he should be back in washington tomorrow when house and senate members are expected to reconvene. new this morning a car bomb had outside the u.s. base in eastern afghanistan has killed three people and injured six civilians. afghanistan police say the blast killed a security guard and two truck drivers delivering supplies. the tal bang claims responsibility for the attack which happened after a minibus stop at a deep for a security check. the international security assistance for says the base has been secured. if sampras as the woman will be arraigned today on charges of vehicular manslaughter that killed one pedestrian and injured two others in the twin peaks area. the 56 year-old died last week after a car hit her at the twin peaks lookout point. police say the driver was intoxicated. the victim's son told us he doesn't want another family or to suffer through this bad as they feel all because someone dra
open after the fiscal cliff and i'll throw a second number, one week until the new congress begins, so they are hard up against some big deadlines. >> the market implication is important because markets have done very, very well this year, lisa, and there's some suggestion if congress doesn't get it together before the new year, markets may force them to do so. we'll be talking more about that later in the show. lisa, thanks so much. we'll check in with you later. >>> piling on the concerns, treasury secretary tim geithner has warned congress hat u.s. will reach its debt ceiling on monday. that is when the government reaches its legal borrowing limit. now, this could pose a bigger threat to the nation's credit rating than the fiscal cliff. treasury can keep the government operating for a few weeks using emergency measures, but congress needs to act on this too to avoid a full-blown debt crisis. alina cho. joins us with the ret of the top stories. >>> former president george h.w. bush remains in intensive care in a houston hospital with an elevated fever. he is on a liquid diet an his c
later this week as america gets closer to the fiscal cliff. some larrymakers are now calling for a small scale deal as a temporary fix. >> i think it's impossible to get any kind of grand bargain or comprehensive package. i think we're dealing right now with whether or not we can put off the increases in tax rates. that's really all we can deal with right now. >> the house will stand in recess subject to the call of the chair. >> reporter: congress recessed after republicans rejected john boehner's compromise. he proposed letting tax cuts expire for those making over $1 million a year. other republicans say it's time for a deal. >> i agree with him. i don't think we ought to increase taxes on anyone. however, we're now at a point where we're not going to get what we think is right for our economy and our country. >> with congress coming back, the president will also reportedly cut short his holiday vacation in hawaii. democrats hope mr. obama will continue to fight for a complete agreement, not just a temporary patch. >> i definitely hope that he can and will continue to push for as big
of congress, if we go off the fiscal cliff and then go to all these shenanigans to patch something together. >> ken walsh, chief white house correspondent dante for u.s. news and world report. >> thank you. >> one year since a tragic christmas fire that captured the nation's attention. now, a shattered mother is speaking about the fire that killed her mother, her father and three daughters. her story, one year later, is next. [ male announcer ] this is sheldo whose long day setting up the news starts with arthritis pain and a choice. take tylenol or take aleve, the #1 recommended pain reliever by orthopedic doctors. back to the news. till you finish your vegetables. [ clock ticking ] [ male announcer ] there's a better way... v8 v-fusion. vegetable nutrition they need, fruit taste they love. could've had a v8. or...try kids boxes! one police officer who survived the apparent shooting ambush in upstate new york wishes he could have done more to help the volunteer firefighters who ultimately died. it happened christmas eve. police say a gunman apparently set a fire as a trap to lure first res
have lost an american original. >>> well, with some 90 hours to go until the fiscal cliff kicks in, president obama and top members of congress meet today at the white house, and the house is holding a rare session on sunday. but there are no signs that any proposals are taking shape that both sides can agree on. >>> heartbreak for many americans now banned from adopting russian children. this morning, president vladimir putin signed a bill that blocks russian children from leaving the country, even if u.s. families have already started the process of adopting them. the ban appears to be in re retaliation for u.s. criticism of russia's human rights record. >>> it's back to work for hillary clinton after being sidelined due to a concussion. she hit her head earlier this month after a stomach virus caused her to faint. overseas travel will remain off the table for several more weeks. >>> a woman has been arrested suspected of running a fraudulent fundraising scheme to profit off the sandy hook shooting tragedy. the 37-year-old was charged with lying to the fbi agents investigating th
to describe his feelings entering this fiscal cliff shark tank. >> excitement. >> reporter: s this doomsday. >> but i'm confident -- this is doomsday. >> but i'm confident that congress will see the will of the people. >> reporter: he says he's excited about making sure his supporters know he is ready to hit the pavement running. one supporter in particular. >> my own mom at christmas dinner told me do not raise my taxes. she is following just like other americans what's going to happen with the fiscal cliff. >> reporter: representative elect swalwell says his new office in d.c. won't be much bigger, but the responsibilities monumental. his message? >> mom, i'm working for you. i'm receiving your text messages and i'm going to make sure that i stand up for you and the people who i grew up with. >> reporter: swalwell will be the second youngest member of congress when he's sworn in january 3rd. he leaves this sunday for washington d.c. to pick up his new keys to his office. in dublin juliette goodrich, cbs5. >> he better listen to mom. good luck. >>> a storm that left record snowfall in a
a great holiday and thanks for that live interview. >>> well it is not just the fiscal cliff that we're closing in on. probably never heard of this one. there could be a dairy cliff beginning next year you could be paying as much as $7 for a gallon of milk. if congress doesn't step in. with all the concerns over the fiscal cliff, that we've just been talking about, several other legislative matters are falling by the wayside including a stalled farm bill. that includes the dairy subsidy and set to end january 1st sending us back to the 1950s policy requiring the government to buy milk at inflated prices and driving up the cost for everyone. >>> we need some good news. over to lawrence now and find out about rain that's coming. >> that big storm that's rolling into the bay area. happy holiday. yes, merry christmas to you and everyone and you're headed out today i hope you get the umbrella for christmas, maybe a rain jacket. you will need it today. already seeing some showers on the hi-def doppler radar showing up in the north bay right now. these just some scout showers really out ahe
. >>> this is a crucial day in the effort to keep the country from going off the fiscal cliff. president obama meets with congressional leaders this afternoon. white house is denying reports to send a scaled back plan to congress. a deal at this point would probably extend bush era tax cuts for most americans and raise taxes on the country's top earners. it could also include an extension of long-term unemployment benefits, spending cuts would also be postponed. house speaker john boehner will be at the meeting today. the house will convene for a rare sunday evening session. house majority leader eric cantor says the house could be in session until january 2nd, the day before the new congress is sworn in. boehner, meanwhile, maintains that it's up to the senate to act first. >>> millions of americans may watch the ball drop new year's eve in times square, but a group of democrats is organizing its own ball drop on capitol hill. they'll launch their countdown today. their ball represents republicans dropping the ball on middle class families should lawmakers fail to reach a deal to avoid the fiscal c
now not serving the people in the best fashion. we need the fiscal cliff resolved right away. this uncertainty causes great harm to the country, and we need very aggressive plans to reformulate our budget so that we don't have to have this uncertainty hanging over us so freakedly. you know, right now, american factories have a 20% price differential with competitors all through the the world. we need our system to be more competitive so we can grow. if we raise taxes on the job creators, on the factory owners, what happens is we'll be less competitive. the 20% will grow. we'll have less factories built here in america. it's very important that washington starts working out deals right away so that the fiscal cliff can be history, and we can focus on building factories, higher people, growing. dagen: well, they are not listening to you, drew. i hate to break it to you. in the interim, your company makes wire baskets and does sheet metal fabrication. based on what you see, how much of your own customers pulled back? have you seen layoffs? have you seen spending cuts ahead of th
awaiting the results of fiscal cliff negotiations in washington. u.s. stock futures pretty flat this morning indicating that markets will open little change today. stocks could take a big hit next week if congress does not make a decision in time. that, of course, adding to concerns, treasury secretary geithner also warned congress in a letter yesterday that we will reach the nation's debt ceiling on monday. that's when the government reaches its legal borrowing limit. treasury can delay a debt crisis for a couple of weeks until february or march using emergency measures to keep the government operating until congress acts to fix this problem, too. >>> big news from toyota. they are announcing a record $1.1 billion settlement over that unintended accelerator issue which they say does not exist. toyota has always said it's been floor malts, stuck gas pedals and operator error but they're going to settle these cases to put it behind them. the bulk of the money will go to its customers past and present. they will install brake override systems for all vehicles identified by toyota
of frustration among the american people. this fiscal cliff was created to avoid what we are seeing now, to spur congress to act. if we get to this point and they still have not gotten things done, what is to say anything will get done? how do you get congress to do their job? >> and the white house. everybody has a role. that question is the right question. it is one that i talk about with the president in the interview this morning. he has a very ambitious second-term agenda. i don't know how he gets it done when they can't get the basic things done over the budget. these philosophical differences over taxes and spending remain. they are more entrenched. this is what i think changed. i think a second-term president obama will work harder to jam up the republicans, not to confuse them or lure into compromise but to put more political pressure on them to expose their divisions and internal discord. whether that creates leverage, we'll see. his relationship with congress has been very difficult. his view is that he doesn't have a legitimate partner. how do you get something done on immigration? o
, if there's a fiscal cliff deal, there will be a new senator voting. >> that's right. sworn in a new minutes ago. i made reference to vice president joe biden, here to swear in the new senator representing hawaii, brian shatz. only the circus senator -- sixth senator to represent hawaii. he's a democrat. it will be interesting to see exactly how he weighs in at some point over the fiscal cliff mess in the final days of 2012. >> mike, thank you. on top of those fiscal cliff concerns, the treasury secretary, timothy geithner, warns we're set to hit the debt ceiling new year's eve, the max amount we're allowed to spend. the current limit is $16.4 trillion. he says the obama administration will work to make sure the u.s. does not default on loans right away but the debate will be another drag on the economy. with us, the chief business correspondent for u.s. news and world report, rick newman, and author of rebounders, how winners pivot from setback to success. talk about the debt ceiling for us, first of all, welcome. talk about the debt ceiling and how it affects us. we here horror scenarios a
republican support for any bill that might pass congress to avert the fiscal cliff. >> brianna keilar reporting live from hawaii this morning. >>> checking our top stories before heading back to d.c. to try to head off the physical -- the fiscal cliff. you know what i'm saying. the president and first lady michelle obama visited marines and thanked them for their service. >> the greatest honor i have as president is being commander in chief and the reason it's an honor is because not only do we have the finest military in the world but we also have the finest fighting men and women in the world. >> mrs. obama and the girls won't cut short their vacation. they're staying on in hawaii. >>> former braves great andruw jones free on a bond in atlanta on a battery charge. there was a domestic dispute between he and his wife. the center fielder played with the new york yankees last year and recently signed with a team in japan. >>> the city of los angeles is holding its annual gun buyback today, several months ahead of schedule. the buyback program allows anyone to bring in guns and rifles i
, for the fiscal cliff and start off our new year and new congress with a proper welcome for our constituents and our colleagues. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from minnesota rise? without objection. >> madam speaker, many years ago our friends on the conservative side of the political aisle told us that if we cut taxes for the wealthiest among us, they would get more money which they would use to invest in plant and equipment and then all the rest of us working class, middle class folks, would benefit by rich people having more money because then they would hire us and we would have a stronger economy. mr. ellison: he they put this plan into implementation in 2001 and 2003. it was by far the most anemic decade we have seen in many, many decades. . if you contrast it to the 1990's, we had a better economy. when president clinton handed president bush the reins to the government, he handed him also a surplus. the fact is the conservative experiment, based on the ideas of a guy named arthur, and others, have failed.
. a traditionally quiet week could become hellish for traders. as fiscal cliff talks drag into the 11th hour with $600 billion in tax hikes and spending cuts due to kick in early next year, lawmakers will get back to the table later this week after house speaker john boehner's plan b failed to get enough republican support for a vote last week. >>> still, the market has been resilient. despite friday's decline, the s&p 500 posted its best week in four. and with just five trading sessions left in 2012, the dow has advanced 8% while the s&p 500 climbed 13. the nasdaq has jumped 16%. >>> reports are due this week on pending home sales. sales of new homes and a look at home prices in the nation's 20 largest cities. >>> are you still not sure what to get for the person who has everything? new retail numbers show footwear was the fifth most popular gift on shoppers' lists on black friday. a year ago, shoes didn't even make it into the top ten gifts for the season. >>> good news for hollywood. attendance by moviegoers is up more than 5.5% so far this year. ticket revenue is projected to jump by 6%
. they join us to shed light on this. what are we going to do about the fiscal cliff when it is looming so -- if they do something about it and get back to congress this week as they're supposed to do. do they have enough time to get it done? >> i don't know if they have enough time to get it done, if republicans in the house are not willing to make any substantive concessions. and that means that they need to listen to what american voters said in november and raise the tax rates on the top 2%. that is what everybody voted for and that's what we want. and so i think that republicans really are in a tough spot. speaker john boehner's plan, boguses a i like to call it, blew up in their faces. now they really are at a loss and we only have seven days and in order to avoid going off the cliff, they need to make substantive concessions. kelly: brad, my understanding is that the senate is going to be trying to do something now to actually get this job done. it will be a pared down or scaled down version what they really want but can they do it? will the house even agree to it? >> well, kelly in
with the fiscal cliff. i'm looking now to congress and say, pass the amt patch today. >> gretchen: all right. we'll see if they're listening to marty, a cpa who is a little nutsoutrig to get everything done before year's end. >> thank you very much. >> gretchen: georgetown cup cakes secret ingredient this new year, champagne? we're showing you how it make the party even sweeter with sophie. yep, she's just one part of the team with our others and she's here hey! did you know that honey nut cheerios has oats that can help lower cholesterol? and it tastes good? sure does! wow. it's the honey, it makes it taste so... well, would you look at the time... what's the rush? be happy. be healthy. >> gretchen: welcome back. wicked weather like this wreaking havoc on airports across the country. what can travelers expect? wfxt's katherine is live at logan international airport with the latest op the travel nightmare out of boston. good morning. >> good morning, gretchen. the sun is shining on us here in boston. but flights already beginning to be affected by the storm. flights going to dallas, columbus and
all know is coming, the fiscal cliff. the combination of tax hikes and spending cuts hit in just five days. you need to take a deep breath. you probably won't notice much, if anything right away, even if congress and president can't reach a deal. jessica yellin is joining us. i have not talked to a soul in the last week who believes that they are actually going to get a deal before january 1st. what is the temperature at the white house at this point? >> reporter: negotiations, candy. what do you mean by negotiations? i can actually report right now, thanks to our own ted baron and dana bash that harry reid, the senate majority leader, and minority leader mitch mcconnell are meeting right now as we speak. perhaps there could be incremental progress. but as you well know, time is running out and the president today spent his day behind closed doors. he did cut his vacation short after he came home from hawaii to at least be here and try to put on some kind of an agreement and as we go over the fiscal cliff, both sides seem to be working hard to do that. the president spoke with congres
of complications. he entered intensive care on sunday. >>> with some 90 hours to go until the fiscal cliff kicks in, president obama and top members of congress meet today at the white house, and the house will hold a rare session on sunday. but there are no signs that any proposals are taking shape that both sides can agree on. >>> and now for a look at what is trending today, our quick roundup of what has you talking online. every day thousands of people update social media sites like facebook and twitter when they get sick. now sickweather.com is scanning those sites to help predict outbreaks of illness like the flu, letting you take your ge germophobia. >>> well, bravo is giving us a sneak peek inside lindsay lohan's bedroom for an upcoming episode of "million dollar decorators." they agree that the mirrored bed frame has got to go. you can see the full episode january 1st on bravo. >>> miley cyrus' cover of dolly parton's j"joline" is going viral. she just released the sessions she did with her band over the summer. here's a listen. ♪ joline, joline, joline >> video was only posted this week
soon. but six days before the fiscal cliff, president obama cutting short his christmas vacation on the off chance he and congress might be able to cut some kind of deal. he left. but brianna keilar is still there in honolulu. when's the president leaving and why does he really expect to avoid the cliff? >> reporter: i will be leaving as well when the president leaves, don. he is expected. he will be leaving tonight. that's local time. so he'll be traveling overnight and arriving back in the d.c. area late thursday morning. as you know, the senate reconvenes tomorrow. so he'll be going back as that is happening. we heard from him last week as he was heading out to hawaii. he said, see you next week. we had a thought that this was probably going to happen. he is officially now going back. he said last week, don, that he is still optimistic that something can get done. the other issue here, though, is you can imagine, how bad it would look if he go over the cliff and there's a lot of work to make sure that doesn't happen. he's here in hawaii on vacation. that would look terrible fo
. >> the true heroes:. >>> well on this christmas eve, the fiscal cliff is one day closer. much of the talk in congress on sunday focused on who's to blame for the lack of a deal. there are eight days left for lawmakers to head off mandatory budget cuts and tax hikes, and nancy cordes is in honolulu where president obama is having his christmas vacation. nancy, good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you, rebecca. it's almost as if the president and congressional leaders have called a sort of time-out when it comes to the fiscal cliff. there are no major discussions going on right now about what to do now that talks between the president and the speaker appear to have stalled. in fact, the president and senate majority leader harry reid were both here in honolulu yesterday for the funeral of hawaii senator daniel inouye. we're told they didn't really discuss what to do next. before he left washington the president urged leaders to craft a sort of scaled down plan that simply extends the bush tax rates for the middle class and extends long-term unemployment benefits
. >> if president obama and congress aren't able to avoid the fiscal cliff people here in california will be hit especially hard because of prop 30 which was voted into law back in november. it will soon mean higher sales tax and higher income tax on the state's top earners. the fiscal cliff would add to that hitting all americans with higher taxes. >> i don't know, there's a word to describe how upset the public is going to be. nobody's going to be happy to see that happen. >> if taxes go up on everybody it's not going to be a happy time. but i think that's inevitably what's going to happen. >> they say the lowest income folks will see their take home pay shrink just over three and a half%. average earners 4% and top earners 6%. >> another sign the housing market is improving, the national association of realtors says pending home sales rose last month to the highest level in 2 and a half years. pending sales rose nearly 2% in november and that's the third month in a row it's gone up. >> amazon had a green christmas season. they announced the 2012 holiday sales were the biggest ever. they had s
, and according to the code of the justice that's not allowed. >> teetering on the edge of the fiscal cliff with just 36 days to go until tax increases kick, in the white house and congress are playing a high stakes game of let's make a deal. >> only in america believes there has to be this what i believe to be really farcical now surely -- the nature of the world is very fast moving, america has huge economic problems, heading for another fiscal cliff, everyone laughing at you from afar, the american public sick and tired of all the games going on and there are you, grover norquist, a very bright guy still resolutely saying a pledge is a pledge is a pledge, it cannot be broken when many of your own party are now saying you know, what it doesn't make sense to have this irresolute position anymore. >> two things, the pledge is not for life. but everybody who signed the pledge, including peter king, who tried to weasel out of it -- shame on him as the "new york sun" says tonight. i hope his wife understands commitments last a little longer than two years or something. >> whoa, hang on, hang o
from going over the so-called fiscal cliff. they say if president obama and congress don't make a deal we will almost certainly see a recession. do you buy that, steven? >> the congressional budget office is a nonpartisan group that does this and says we will in fact have an immediate rescission. they say that we come out of a short, sharp recession stronger than we would be if we didn't go into that recession in the first place. we stop borrowing money from the future to prop us up now. we have the immediate problems but in the long term we are in gets shape. that's what they are grappling this. how do they best structure this to do the least amount of damage now but get us to the good economy in the future. >> reporter: if you look up a research paper from the president's own economist you'll find in the long run we are healthier, short run, yeah, it's painful. is that what motivates some of the republicans that, you know, what are called chuckle heads, but maybe in the end they are wisdom heads. >> that is certainly part of the motivation there. the other part of the motivation, and
indicating only half of americans believe congress will strike a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff by the end of the year. the poll shows 50% thought a deal was very sore somewhat likely. 48% said a deal was not likely, a much tighter than a poll earlier this morning. president obama cutting short his hawaii vacation, he should arrive in washington tomorrow when the senate and the house reconvene. >>> andruw jones free on bond after being arrested outside of atlanta on christmas day on a battery charge. the gwynnet county detention center says there was an apparent domestic dispute with his wife. he played with the new york yankees last year and recently signed with a team in japan. >>> los angeles is deciding to push up its gun buyback program. in originally set for next may but it will happen today. mayor antonio villaraigosa will hand out grocery cards in exchange for guns. >>> david gregory described a 30-round magazine during a "meet the press." >> a magazine for ammunition that carries 30 bullets. if we replaced them and only have a magazine that carries five or ten bullets, isn't it po
, the fiscal cliff is one day closering and much of the talk in congress focused who's to blame for a lack of a deal. there are nine days off to head off mandatory tax cuts and tax hikes. nancy cordes is in honolulu where the president is having his christmas vacation. and nancy, good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you, rebecca. it's almost as if the president and congressional leaders have called a sort of time-out when it comes to the fiscal cliff. there are no major discussions going on right now about what to do now that talks between the president and the speaker have appeared to have stalled. they were both here yesterday for the funeral of daniel inu way and & we're told they didn't know what to do next. the president urged leaders to craft a sort of scaled down plan that simply extends the bush tax rates for the middle class and extends long-term unemployment benefits for another year. but jeff and rebecca, it's really unclear whether even a package like that could pass both houses of congress, and so the president is going to be cutting his vacation here short. he's heading
possible effect of the fiscal cliff milk prices goodbye to about $2 or $3 a gallon because farm programs will expire at the end of the year. >> tributes are pouring in for the general who led the international coalition that drove sadaam hussein's forces out of kuwait in 1991. norman schwarzkopf died yesterday in tampa, from complications from pneumonia. he was 78. he had an extensive and celebrated military career. he kept a low profile during his retirement, supporting charities and resisting offer to run for public office. former president george h. w. bush remains in intensive care at a hospital in houston. his spokeswoman says he's getting excellent medical treatment. she says he would advise people to "with the harps back in the closet." he was admitted to the hospital november 23 and has been in intensive care since sunday, battling a terrible case of bronchitis and a series of complications. secretary of state clinton is expected to return to work next week after recovering from a concussion she suffered after fainting while fighting. a stomach fighting she's an hour at three wee
. >> happening now. we have been following the fiscal cliff talks in washington. if this is a live look from the senate floor. treasury secretary timothy diner has told congress the government is on track to hit is bowery limit on monday and that he'll take " extraordinary measures as authorized by law " to postpone a government default. republicans have not been part of the " fiscal cliff " discussions in recent days suggesting much still needs to be done if a deal is to be struck and passed through congress by the end of the year. >> sam garner stated that the government may go out of money on december 31st. he stated that the government may not have enough to spend for next month. >> approval ratings for president obama and his cabinet are mixed. a new poll shows 52 percent of people surveyed approved of the president's performance while 43 percent disapprove. but as president joe biden's numbers are in line with the president. 54 percent approve of his job performance while 40 percent do not. first lady michelle obama has a 73 percent approval rating. all going secretary of state hillary
to avoid the fiscal cliff by the end of the year. just about every american family will see their taxes increase on january 1 unless a deal is reached. but lawmakers are expressing very little optimism so far. meantime, the president spent christmas in hawaii, visiting a local marine base, thanking more than 100 troops and their families for their service. >>> and this morning, the taliban is claiming responsibility for a suicide bombing at a major u.s. base in eastern afghanistan. three afghans, including a guard at camp chatman were killed in today's explosion. >>> and back here at home, former major league baseball player andruw jones is free on bond this morning. he was arrested near atlanta early christmas morning on a battery charge, after police responded to a call about a domestic dispute with his wife. >>> and netflix, they are apologizing for a christmas outage in its video streaming service. yes, it happened on christmas, a little untimely. it took ten hours to resolve the problem, which affected subscribers across the country. the company says it stemmed from a failure at am
? >> happy friday. >> there we go, happy friday. listen, this fiscal cliff deal, everyone is so sick of hearing the phrase. i it talked to several this week, members of congress and members of the senate who indicate we're going over the cliff. they say it won't be that bad. don't worry about it. there's something in me that wonders about the psychological impact of just going right over. >> mike, you're right. they are saying that, and there's a real risk especially in the white house. they know that the reaction of the markets, especially overseas, the credit raters is unpredictable. you don't want to start your second term with a double-dip recession. that's the real risk here. for republicans more and more you hear them saying and i think this is what you're refer to here. you hear them saying, let's just wait until people get their first paycheck. wait until they get that pay economic when there's less withheld and there's not a payroll tax holiday but then they want tax relief. it's a huge risk. another political game at play here. sherman has a great story on the sight right t
about running off the fiscal cliff. the deadline for preventing tax hikes and government spending cuts is just one week from today. the president and congress return to washington later this week. it's likely they'll work right to new year's eve. one possibility is striking a deal on taxes but leaving the spending for later. >>> overseas now, where an american has been killed by an afghan policewoman. the attack took place at police head quarters in kabul. where there have been similar insider attacks, this is the first time a female security officer has been involved. >>> the nra is not backing away from its call for armed officers in our nation's schools. and the group vows to fight any effort by congress to strengthen gun control laws. now congressman chris murphy, whose district includes newtown, calls the stance "tone deaf and revolting." >>> a real christmas gift, it would be getting to where you're going on time today. storms are causing major travel trouble throughout the nation. it's not only trying to get through snow-covered roads. rain and wind are grounding flights in the
the fiscal cliff deadline just in the nick of time. if not, the consequences will be severe. more than a half trillion dollars in automatic tax hikes and spending cuts, not that lawmakers are necessarily feeling the urgency. congress is at least officially in session today but house members, most still at home haven't even been called back to the capitol. aides on both sides including republican leaders haven't spoken in days. >> washington remains in the same fiscal cliff clitalks. >> reporter: senator leader harry reid and john boehner are both frosty saying it's in the other guy's court saying to avert the largest tax hike in history and reid saying it's time for house republicans to put middle class families first. >> if we go past no deal, the markets are likely to decline in a significant way and involve most americans and they don't want to have themselves blamed for that. >> reporter: already stocks have dropped three days in a row over fiscal cliff fears. from wall street to main street, it is building. >> both parties to are to blame if they don't come up with something. >> we are r
and the economic uncertainty is going to result from a fiscal cliff. so i hope that, you know what? i hope santa claus is bring bringing a lot of parachutes and putting them under the tree today because it's time to hope for the best but brace for the worst. >> i applaud your optimism. i really do. >> it's christmas, you have to be optimistic. >> i know. but i have to say that talking to republicans and democrats, they're saying, richard, some of them, politically, it is probably best for them both to go over the cliff because after january 1st, everybody's taxes go up. what do they take a vote on? tax cuts as opposed to before january 1st, they'll have to take a vote on tax increases? >> well, i think the president is keenly aware of the fact that going over the cliff, the so-called cliff without a congressional solution is not good for average americans. so i think he'll do everything to avoid it. he's coming back early from that short trip to hawaii. but i think that that clip you played from mr. norqist is really an important observation that we can see from that clip. he's talking about a l
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